It’s been a lengthy, delay-filled journey for Polytron concerning the development of the long-awaited 2D/3D platformer FEZ, but the finish line has finally come into view. FEZ will be available on Friday, April 13 for a price of 800 Microsoft points ($10), eschewing the usual 1200 points ($15) cost that most high-profile Xbox Live Arcade games have adopted in recent times.
The game is being made available 24 hours before developer Phil Fish prefers gamers to play it, but I’m sure he’ll understand if they choose to jump in right away. “It’s made to be played with a controller, on a couch, on a Saturday morning,” Fish told GamesTM in an interview. “To me, that matters; that’s part of the medium.”
It would be a nice touch if, in honor of the release date, Jason Voohees was an unlockable character, right? No?
Team 2Bit karate-chopped their way through the competition on The Next Game Boss, and now they’ve turned to raise the final $10,000 to finish their retro brawler Fist Puncher. The team estimates that they are about 80% done the game, which they liken to a cross between Double Dragon and Castle Crashers. The entire project has been self-funded until now, and the extra cash would allow developer Matt Lewandowski to quit his job so the brothers can move to San Francisco and take advantage of the office space they won on IGN’s reality show.
“Until now we could just make Fist Puncher at our own pace, no funding was really needed because we had our day jobs to pay the bills. But after winning the Next Game Boss we realized we were in a new situation. The buzz about us is happening right now, and people are asking to buy our games immediately. It’s the classic dilema that drives businesses to raise capital - we have customers, but we need more resources to get the product into their hands quickly,” said Jake Lewandowski.
Backers of the project can receive everything from digital copies of Fist Puncher and Washington’s Wig (the game that won The Next Game Boss) to pixelized versions of themselves in the game as an NPC, enemy, playable character, or boss. For a cool ten grand, Team 2Bit will even turn your game idea into a playable 8-bit game. You can head over to the Kickstarter page for more info. The team plans to have Fist Puncher available on Xbox Live Indie Games and PC in September.
Michael Bay may have shattered our delicate childhood memories when he took the reigns of the recent Transformers films into his own hands, but there is fortunately still hope for mechs. If you’re attending PAX East next weekend, you’ll be glad to hear that your childhood fondness of mechs can be restored in the form of AirMech, the PC RTS/shooter from Carbon Games, which will be playable at Booth 772.
For those of you who just can’t bear the wait, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can get your hands on it right this moment, either by playing it through your Chrome browser or signing up to be an alpha tester for the native PC client. Additionally, playing it at PAX will grant you instant access to the alpha tester pool so you can bring this bad boy home.
Until then, I guess the trailer above will just have to hold you over.
After four apparently arduous years in development, Superflat Games’ Lone Survivor is finally finished and is now available for $10 on Mac & PC. Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe the trailer for this post-apocalyptic adventure where you play as a boy questioning his grip on reality as he escapes from an infected city. The trailer quickly devolves from a somber, reflective tone into a twisted trip that would make H.R. Geiger proud. A $50 First Aid Edition is also available that includes a signed art print, soundtrack, and access to the LS3D beta. If you’re too scared to lay down the cash, you can check out the free demo.
Indie games are already dirt cheap, but nothing can compare to the sweet, sweet sensation that runs all through your body when you win free games. Blud Works is going to give the winner of their Indie-Pocalypse Giveaway an overdose of those sensations, as one lucky person will walk away with more than 20 Xbox Live Indie Games, including some of our favorite recent releases such as EvilQuest and Little Racers Street.
Don’t feel like taking any pictures or downloading demos but still want a hand-out? You can enter to win one of the “Wittle” bundles comprised of seven indie games by tweeting “I want to win the #XBLIG Wittle @armlessoctopus http://bit.ly/GOftN8 #WittleIndiePocalypse.” You can also email a picture of you playing your favorite indie game. The deadline to enter for the giveaways is April 7. If all goes according to plan, Blud Works plans to have future giveaways and bundles.
This week I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Paris, France native Philippe Da Silva of IndieFreaks.com. We spoke about his upcoming game Ace on Steroids, in addition to the IndieFreaks Game Framework, which is freely available to all XNA developers.
Ace on Steroids: What’s in the name?
Well, nothing really special. I was working on an Asteroids Redux with some enhanced 3D visuals, some good rock music and realistic 3D physics, so I was looking for a name that would remind somehow the original Atari classics name while showing this was a slightly improved version.
You made the decision to freely share all of your source code with individuals who purchase your game. What sparked this decision? Can you think of any other titles which adhere to this model?
It all came down while I was working on my generic game framework for XNA and realized that I couldn’t spend as much time as I’d like to write documentation, tutorials, and samples so other developers could easily get started with it. Read more
The Indie Royale Ninja Pack is now available for less than $4 and includes a fistful of games by Ninjabee: Ancients of Ooga, Cloning Clyde, A Kingdom for Keflings, Outpost Kaloki, and Band of Bugs. The bundle includes tokens for download on Desura for all of the games, and Steam tokens for Cloning Clyde and Ancients of Ooga.
If you’re interested in the bundle, you’d better pull the trigger quickly; the pack will disappear into a cloud of smoke this Tuesday at noon Eastern.
CSR Studios’ Xbox Live Indie Games standout Dead Pixelswas absolutely fantastic. More people will get the chance to experience it when it launches on PC in the near future, but it needs some beta testing first. And CSR is looking for volunteers.
Those selected for the program will receive a free copy of the finished game and their name will appear in the credits. Interested parties should email their PC’s specifications to DeadPixelsBeta@csr-studios.com . CSR anticipates every volunteer should receive a slot, so long as they can match the estimated requirements.
Estimated System Requirements
Windows XP, Vista or 7
Processor: 2.2 Ghz
Video Card: 128mb Video Memory
The studio will notify volunteers “in the next few days” on their status as potential testers.